Yesterday I came toe to toe with a rattlesnake. I was hiking in the Colorado foothills. Upon discovering my proximity to this lovely reptile I released a bloodcurdling scream that turned hikers away for miles. My personal warning system!

After spewing a few curse words and fighting back tears I continued on my way, ever grateful for the calming presence of my husband and his willingness to hold my hand.

Imagine being on the trail by yourself and getting bitten…

Now imagine your heroine on the trail. She is bitten by a rattle snake and she is by herself. What does she do? Does someone come along who helps her? Does she drag her poison filled body to the trail head, which is of course many miles away? Does a handsome vet, doc, or firefighter come to her aid?